The New York Knicks announced Saturday they re-signed point guard Ryan Arcidiacono.
The contract’s terms were not disclosed by the team.
Arcidiacono appeared in 10 games for the Knicks in 2021-22, averaging 1.6 points and 0.4 assists per game. He is entering his sixth NBA season.
The 28-year-old’s alma mater may have played a role in his decision to return to New York. He was a four-year starter at Villanova, and as a senior, he shared a backcourt with Jalen Brunson.
“When we were recruiting, Arch had the biggest impact on the recruitment of Jalen,” former Wildcats head coach Jay Wright told USA Today‘s Nicole Auerbach in 2016. “When Jalen came on his recruiting visit, he stayed in Arch’s room. We got a hotel room for him, but he stayed and slept in Arch’s room.”
The pair quickly built a rapport on and off the court.
“It’s made life a lot easier knowing I have someone who’s been through it,” Brunson said in a 2016 interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Ryan’s like a big brother to me. He’s a role model. He does everything with such a sense of purpose. He’s someone I really admire.”
The Knicks have a lot of guards for the upcoming season. They signed Brunson to be there starting at the point, while Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes have shown early promise.
Arcidiacono, a 37.4% three-point shooter, could at the very least provide some floor spacing in a limited role. Brunson’s presence should also help him adjust to a new team and deal with the increased expectations that come with his four-year, $104 million contract.